Homeland Security officials provided more details today on how young undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for deferred action, temporary legal status under a new Obama administration policy that's been shortened to an acronym, DACA, for "deferred action for childhood arrivals."
The guidelines were posted today, along with a brochure and an illustrated flyer with the basics: That applicants must have arrived in the U.S. before age 16, were no older than 30 as of last June 15, had resided in the United States for five continuous years since June 15, 2007, have no felony or other serious convictions or national security problems, and so forth.
There will be a processing fee of $465, although the application forms are still being developed. A limited number may be able to obtain fee waivers. Biometrics and background checks will be needed, too. From today's statement posted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:
USCIS expects to make all forms, instructions, and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals process available on August 15, 2012. USCIS will then immediately begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals.
- Requestors – those in removal proceedings, those with final orders, and those who have never been in removal proceedings – will be able to affirmatively request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals with USCIS.
- Requestors will use a form developed for this specific purpose.
- Requestors will mail their deferred action request together with an application for an employment authorization document and all applicable fees to the USCIS lockbox.
- All requestors must provide biometrics and undergo background checks.
- Fee waivers cannot be requested for the application for employment authorization and biometric collection. However, fee exemptions will be available in limited circumstances.